Infographic: Ireland at the Eurovision

Nicky in rehearsals for tonight's performance
Nicky in rehearsals for tonight's performance

With Nicky Byrne performing for Ireland tonight in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2016, here is a look back at how we have fared at the world's biggest song contest.

As you surely know, Ireland has a long and proud history in the competition and the former Westlife singer will be Ireland's 50th entry in the annual songfest.

We spoke to the man himself earlier this week and he told us how much he wants to add to Ireland's glorious record.

“I love Eurovision and, obviously, I’m very patriotic, so I’d love to do really well for Ireland,” he said. “I do think about returning home from Eurovision as a winner, but if I wasn’t visualising that there’d be no point in going to Sweden."

Byrne will perform in the second semi-final of the competition in Stockholm's Globe Arena. Just 10 of the 19 songs tonight will make it through to Saturday's final and Byrne is desperate to make it through.

“My immediate concern with Eurovision is to get out of the semi-final,” he told us. “That is a bigger challenge than people realise because there are 19 countries and only 10 qualify.”

“I know it’s a big challenge to take on, but you’re a long time dead. Hopefully I can look back and say that I gave it my best and I enjoyed it.”

We wish you all the best Nicky, and maybe a little gander at our proud history below will inspire you even further.

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